Just as we focus on cleaning out the closets for spring, the equinox in March signals a time of renewal and reminds us to cleanse the body. Spring is associated with the element Wood, according to the Taoist Five Element Theory. Wood is the energetic force that governs the health and functionality of your gallbladder and liver. The gallbladder stores and secretes bile for digestion, especially for the breakdown of fats. The liver is the body’s principal organ of detoxification, filtering unusable materials from the blood. Both organs are critical to maintaining health.
Restore your body with some of these spring cleansing foods:
- Asparagus – low in sodium, packed with fiber and potassium, and a leading supplier of folic acid
- Dandelion – blood and kidney cleanser and tonic, as well as a diuretic
- Lemons/Limes – excellent source of vitamin C, vital to the function of a strong immune system
- Strawberries – an anti-cancer, anti-imflammatory fruit packed with antioxidants
- Rhubarb – rich source of fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium; used as a laxative and blood cleanser in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains such as quinoa and millet. Reduce red meat and dairy, as well as processed foods. Go for a fresh herb salad with lemon and olive oil dressing. Have a cup of dandelion herbal tea as a cleanser. Make some refreshing lavendar lemonade. Try a different kind of soup, such as Asparagus Soup. It is important to lighten up from the heavy winter foods, supporting the body with lots of liquids to help release toxins.
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series.
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